Press Releases

Protecting New York’s Drinking Water

Dear friends,Yesterday in Albany I joined with environmental and health advocates and other legislators to urge the immediate passage of legislation I'm sponsoring in the Assembly to protect New York's drinking water. My bill, (A.7839), would...

Gottfried & Hoylman Bill to Require Plant-Based Food Options in Hospitals Passes Through the Legislature

Albany, NY – Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Senator Brad Hoylman’s bill to require plant-based food options in hospitals ( S1471A/A4072 ) passed through both houses of the State legislature yesterday. The bill, introduced...

Assembly Passes Legislation to Protect and Support Victims of Domestic Violence in New York State

This week, the New York State Assembly passed a package of legislation that I was proud to support which will help survivors of domestic violence in seeking justice. To learn more about these bills, please see the news release from Assembly Speaker Carl...

Joint Statement on 14th Street Busway
by Assemblymember Richard N. Gottfried, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Senator Brad Hoylman, and
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick

“The decision by the New York City Department of Transportation and MTA to pilot a Transit/Truck Priority lanes on 14th Street raises many concerning issues for our constituents who reside on the blocks to the immediate north and south of 14th Street....

Joint Letter to NYCHA about Fulton Houses Re-development Plan by Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Senator Brad Hoylman, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

City Revokes Permits for “Supertall" Building on West 66th Street

"I applaud the Department of Buildings' (DOB) revocation of the permits for the luxury high-rise tower proposed on West 66th Street by the Extell Corporation. "This victory -- at least for now -- came in response to the challenge filed by Landmark...

Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying Off

Dear friend,The Nation magazine just published an article on the New York Health Act, my bill to establish single-payer universal health care coverage in New York, and I want to share it with you."Richard Gottfried's Health-Care Crusade Is Paying...

Statement from Assembly Member Richard Gottfried on the NYC Dept. of Building’s Revocation of Permits for ‘Supertall’ Development on W. 66th Street

New York – Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried issues the following statement today in response to the New York City Department of Building’s decision to revoke permits for the Extell development on West 66th Street:“I applaud the Department...

Protecting the Right to Gender Identity and Expression: "GENDA" Passes Assembly and Senate, Governor Expected to Sign

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act ("GENDA," A747/S1047), which protects transgender people under the State Human Rights Law and the hate crimes law, was approved by the Assembly and Senate today and is expected to be signed into law...

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear friend,Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an extraordinary leader who knew that real change requires action.  Though he was arrested over two dozen times, physically assaulted, and had his home bombed, he never wavered in his pursuit of racial...

Rand Corporation Study Confirms: New York Health Act ‘Could Expand Coverage While Reducing Total Health Spending’

(New York, NY) - State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, sponsors of the New York Health Act in the New York State Legislature, welcomed the findings of a study of the bill by the highly-regarded, independent,...

Protecting Family Planning

Dear Friends, Today I submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), strongly opposing Federal rule changes that will limit women's access to comprehensive family planning. I urge you to do the same. You have until...

Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana as Opioid Alternative and Addiction Treatment

The New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation allowing use of medical marijuana to treat pain as an alternative to using opioids to treat pain, and for treatment of substance use disorders. A11011A/S8987A(Gottfried/Amedore) passed both...

Assembly Passes New York Health Act

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried today announced that the Assembly has passed the New York Health Act. The legislation would establish a universal single payer health plan that would provide comprehensive health...

500 Rally in Albany for Universal Single-Payer Healthcare

(Albany, NY) - As "Improved Medicare for All" gains increasing public support nationally, over 500 supporters-healthcare professionals, patients, small business owners, local government officials, and representatives of organized labor-rallied in Albany...

CVS and Aetna: ‘Too Big To Regulate?’

Yesterday, members of the New York State Assembly held a public hearing on the proposed merger of CVS Health and Aetna, Inc. Representatives from CVS Health and Aetna, consumer groups, pharmacists and physicians spoke before the Assembly Standing Committees...

Protecting Transgender Rights:

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act ("GENDA," A3358/S7010), State Human Rights Law and the hate crimes law, was approved by the Assembly today. "Transgender people - whose gender identity, appearance, behavior or expression differs from their...

Hoylman & Gottfried: Trump’s Bigoted “Religious Freedom” Division Cannot Stand; New York Must Pass GENDA This Year

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan) and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried (D/WF-Manhattan), prime sponsors of the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA) (S. 0701/A.03358), are condemning the Trump Administration's new office within...

Trump Administration Attacks State Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Laws

“This morning’s news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Justice Department’s longstanding policy of accepting state medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws directly threatens patients and health care providers...

Trump Administration Attacks State Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana Laws

“This morning's news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Justice Department's longstanding policy of accepting state medical marijuana and recreational marijuana laws directly threatens patients and health care providers in 29 states,...